Cheryl Laverne (Allen) Birchfield

cheryl birchfield

August 7, 1946 ~ January 5, 2022

Born in: Akron, Ohio
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Cheryl Laverne Allen Birchfield, age 75, of Asheville passed away at home January 5, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

She was born August 7, 1946, in Akron, Ohio to Clyde and Vena McMahan Allen of Yancey County, North Carolina.

She is survived by Gerald Lynwood Birchfield, her husband of 56 years and her two daughters Denise Birchfield Ebert of Asheville and Lynette Birchfield Gilbert (Treavis) of Denver, North Carolina. She is also survived by grandchildren Trey Ebert (Meghan), Allen Ebert (Leslie), Emily Gilbert Adams (Ian), Lauren Gilbert, and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Kevin Gerald Birchfield of Monterrey, California; her sister, Anita Allen Mason of Waynesville; and her brother, Gary R. Allen of Leceister.

She is also survived by her amazing friend and caregiver of seven years, Donna Davis.

She graduated from Waynesville Township High School in 1964 and worked as office personnel in Washington, D.C. This is where she met her husband, Gerald, while he was serving in the United States Air Force. Later she worked for several years as a Teacher’s Assistant at Dayspring Christian Academy in Clyde, North Carolina, and in 2008 she retired from 5 Heart at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cheryl had a special passion for genealogy. She traveled far and wide, visiting cemeteries and researching family historical records for the purpose of tracing lineage and demonstrating kinship with as many family members as she could find. She was able to track and record hundreds of family members that otherwise may have never been discovered.

Her Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday January 15, 2022, at 1:00 pm followed immediately by visitation at Groce Funeral Home located on Long Shoals Road in Arden, North Carolina.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Celebration of Life: January 15, 2022 1:00 pm - June 12, 2024 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


For those who wish to pay their respects: January 15, 2022 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Denise,
    Sending you a message of peace and comfort during this time of sadness for your family.
    You will be in my daily prayers.
    Ginny Raviotta

  2. To the family: I am so sorry for your loss. I came in contact with Cheryl when my daughter, Kim Hines, worked with your mom on 5 Heart several years ago. She realized we were related and texted back and forth several times. She was truly proud of her heritage. May God bless each of you as you cherish her memories!

  3. Cheryl was one of the sweetest and kindness woman I knew. It was a pleasure to work with her because you knew she would always be smiling! My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  4. Dear Family,
    You were a very special part of my young life as part of the youth group with your church then later at Dayspring. I am so blessed for your friendship and acceptance! I laugh when I think of all the times Kevin and I would get tickled in class, caught passing notes or in some other mischievous plot . Cheryl was a wonderful blend of love and laughter AND discipline when called for.
    You guys are always in my heart and thoughts!

  5. Denise, Trey, & Allen,
    Just wanted you all to know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. You have always been so special to us and we cherish all the memories that we’ve shared. Praying for the Lord’s amazing peace and comfort that he gives. We love you guys!

  6. My sweet cousin. How wonderful it was to discover each other in a Yancey County genealogy group. You so sweetly shared memories with me and I will always remember your sweetness and kindness. ❤

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